Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries on the sideline of the 2017 Brics Summit in Xiamen, China, on September 5 2017. Picture: REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries on the sideline of the 2017 Brics Summit in Xiamen, China, on September 5 2017. Picture: REUTERS

Moscow — President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Friday that there was "no alternative to nuclear parity" for global security.

Speaking after the Geneva-based ICAN group won the Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to ban the atomic bomb, Dmitry Peskov said: "President Vladimir Putin has spoken many times about the importance of nuclear parity, for which there is no alternative from the point of view of global security and stability."

He reiterated Russia’s "consistent and active position aimed at the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons", and said: "Russia is a responsible member of the nuclear club."

One had to "respect" the decision of the Nobel committee, though, he said.

ICAN was a key player in the adoption of a historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, signed by 122 countries in July.

However, the accord was largely symbolic as none of the nine known world nuclear powers signed up to it.

The coalition of hundreds of NGOs says its main objective is the adoption of an international treaty banning nuclear weapons, along the lines of earlier agreements forbidding the use of biological and chemical weapons, land mines and cluster munitions.

AFP

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